Celebrate Israel

“If you will it, it is not a dream.”

The above famous words by Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, regarding the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people were written in 1902. Fast forward to next week, and we will be celebrating 69 years since the declaration of the State of Israel.

Last night, the Jewish Federation sponsored a fabulous program called “Israel Story”. Accompanied by music, stories about real Israelis showing the diversity and complexity of Israeli society were read in a style similar to the show “This American Life”. With about 300 people in attendance and a preshow five-year reunion of our Centennial Mega Mission, it served as a fantastic way to kick off this week of Israel related programs.

On Sunday night at the JCC in Squirrel Hill, Federation will hold its annual Yom Hazikaron gathering to honor Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Every year, this program is powerful and moving. While I understand going out on a Sunday night at 8 pm may be challenging for some, I cannot encourage you enough to attend and allow yourself to be deeply moved.

Tuesday afternoon and evening brings the Federation’s annual Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebration. Taking place at the field of Community Day School, the program will involve fun activities for the entire family ending with a headliner concert with the talented, and well known – Matisyahu!  Join us to celebrate Israel with this free event.

Federation is proud to bring our community together to stand with and celebrate Israel.

Shabbat Shalom.

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